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Match Result: Portsmouth 1 Hartlepool United 3

Saturday January 26, 2013 3:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Pompey: Eastwood; Gyepes, Ertl (c) (Moutaouakil 63), Rocha; Reed (Sutherland 63), Wallace, Cooper (Harris 63), Russell, Butler; Connolly, Keene

Goals: Wallace 63

Subs not used: Smith, Sodje, Webster, Walker

Hartlepool: Flinders; Austin, Collins, Hartley (c), Horwood; Baldwin (James 74), Walton, Humphreys; Poole, Franks; Wyke (Rutherford 90+3)

Goals: Baldwin 18, Poole 52, Greg Rutherford 90

Booked: Walton

Subs not used: McHugh, Holden, Rowbotham, Luscombe, Monkhouse

Referee: Darren Sheldrake

Attendance: 10,981

Match Previews and Reports here   Pompey Live here 

Alan Knight to return to Pompey as goalkeeper coach

Club legend Alan Knight is returning to Pompey as goalkeeper coach.

Despite reports this morning linking former Blues keeper David James with the role, caretaker boss Guy Whittingham has called on his former team-mate to step in until the end of the season after John Keeley left to take up a similar post at Blackburn Rovers.

While Knight, who has made more than 800 appearances for the club, looked an obvious candidate to fill the void, Whittingham initially suggested he was looking to make an internal appointment.

But it appears he has had a change of heart and Knight confirmed himself he had agreed to return to work with Simon Eastwood and Phil Smith.

Knight told The News: ‘I’m delighted to be coming back.

‘Everyone knows how I feel about this club and I can’t wait to get started again.

‘It’s come about in the last couple of days.

‘I spoke to Guy last night and it’s all moved very quickly.

‘But now I just can’t wait to get out there again and be a part of a football club I love.’

Svetoslav Todorov issues come and get me appeal

Published on Friday 25 January 2013

Svetoslav Todorov has sensationally told Pompey: Come and get me.

The Blues goal hero is keen on what would be an incredible return to Fratton Park.

more here

Deadline June for Pompey to exit administration

Published on Friday 25 January 2013

FOOTBALL League chairman Greg Clarke says Pompey could be thrown out of the league if the club remains in administration by June. More details here

Pompey sign 2 players

January 24, 2013

Portsmouth have signed Crawley's Shaun Cooper on a month-to-month loan basis and former French under-21 international Yassin Moutaouakil.

Pompey lose third member of backroom staff

January 20, 2013

Chris Neville is to become the latest member of Pompey’s backroom staff to join Blackburn.

More details here

MATCH POSTPONED: Scunthorpe United v Portsmouth

Saturday January 19, 2013 3:00 PM
Scunthorpe United Football Club, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

 Pompey's match at Scunthorpe on Saturday has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Local referee Richard Wigglesworth made the decision following a 9.30am inspection of the Glanford Park.

Scunthorpe has been subject to snow and freezing temperatures over the past few days and the forecast is for more of the same.

Match Previews and Reports here

Duo Depart Pompey

Report January 17, 2013 

Luke Dowling and John Keeley have left Pompey

Dowling, the Blues’ head of recritment, and goalkeeping coach Keeley have left Pompey and are now expected to link up with former Pompey manager Michael Appleton at Blackburn Rovers.  more here

Pompey Squad is now a meagre 13 players

Report by Jim Bonner January 15, 2013

With many senior players leaving Portsmouth FC today, the playing squad is now smaller than it has ever been.

Mustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley, Brian Howard, Lee Williamson and Lubomir Michalik all left Fratton Park for good and Luke Rodgers will also not be returning from his loan spell from Shrewsbury.

The squad is now at a meagre thirteen players and many of them are inexperienced. Here is a ful overview of the squad according to the official website:


Simon Eastwood, Phil Smith


Gabor Gyepes, Adam Webster, Ricardo Rocha, Dan Butler


Liam Walker, Johnny Ertl, Darel Russell, Jed Wallace


David Connolly, James Keene, Ashley Harris

So there you have it. Pompey's squad is made up of four teenagers and nine players who could leave at the end of the month. How much quality is in that squad? Not a lot to be truthful but this is the price the club has had to pay for administration.

It's no wonder that Guy Whittingham is struggling to attract players to this club to build the squad. Nobody in their right mind will want to join a team that is at its lowest ebb in generations and is almost certain to go down.

At least a former manager in Harry Redknapp has helped the cause somewhat. Queens Park Rangers youth Frankie Sutherland has signed a one-month loan deal with Pompey subject to international clearance.

The 19-year-old midfielder has captained the QPR academy side and represented Ireland at under-19 level.

Perhaps Guy and Andy will try and persuade Harry Redknapp to allow Sam Magri to join his QPR comrade so we can finally see what he can do.

It is highly likely that any new arrivals this month will only be youngsters from Premier League or Championship clubs that need experience. It might be that some of these players are borrowed again next season for League Two and so it would be good for them to have a taste of competitive football at Portsmouth.

Whoever arrives will have the full backing from the Pompey fans, even if the cause on the pitch seems futile now.

Portsmouth confirm six players have left the club

January 15, 2013

Portsmouth have confirmed that six players have left the club following the expiry of their contracts.

Mustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley, Brian Howard, Lubomir Michalik, Luke Rodgers and Lee Williamson have all departed.

Michalik joined Pompey in mid-September, while the other five arrived just before the opening League One match of the season in August.

"We thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best," said Pompey caretaker boss Guy Whittingham.

League One Portsmouth have been in administration since February 2012 and are facing a second successive relegation as they are set for a 10-point penalty.

They are currently in the process of a takeover bid by the Pompey Supporters Trust and are said to be £61m in debt.

High Court Case adjourned until January 31, 2013

January 14, 2013

The Pompey Supporters' Trust welcomes the news that the court case, scheduled for tomorrow, has been adjourned as it allows its bid to buy the club more time to be completed.

The Trust has revealed that as a result it now intends to try to buy Fratton Park on Day One of taking control.

Trust Chairman Ashley Brown said: 'Our original wish was to buy Fratton Park ourselves and we are optimistic that we will be able to achieve this, which of course is what the fans want.

'However, the single most important thing our supporters can do to help achieve this objective is to convert their pledges or buy a share if they have not yet done so, either as individuals or in syndicates.

'All money is held in an escrow account and will only be used should the bid proceed, as we all hope it will.  The more cash we can raise before the final court hearing, the better our chances of success. It is as simple as that.'

Fans can find out more about they can get involved with PST's community club bid at

Match POSTPONED : Portsmouth v Notts County

Saturday January 12, 2013 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Pompey’s League One match at home to Notts County has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch 

Match Previews and Reports here        Pompey Live here 

Match Result: Walsall 2 Portsmouth 0 (HT 2-0)

Friday January 4, 2013 7:45 PM
The Banks stadium, Walsall Football Club, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Match Live on SKY TV

Walsall: Darlow; Purkiss, Downing, Butler (c), Benning (J.Chambers 8; A.Chambers, Mantom; Brandy (Baxendale 74), Westcarr, Paterson; Grigg

Goals: Brandy 29, Grigg 40

Subs not used: Grof, Taundry, Featherstone, Hemmings, Bowerman

Pompey: Eastwood; Webster (Wallace 87), Michalik, Ertl (c), Dumbuya; Walker (Allan 46), Williamson, Russell, Mendez-Laing (Harris 65); Benson, Connolly

Subs: Smith, Gyepes, Harley

Referee: Simon Hooper

Attendance: 4,038 (406 Pompey fans)

Match Previews and Reports here        Pompey Live here  


Match Result: Swindon Town 5 Portsmouth 0 (HT 0-0)

Tuesday January 1, 2013 2:00 PM
Swindon Town Football Club, Wiltshire, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Swindon: Devera; Thompson, Devera, Ward, McCormack (c); Ritchie, Miller (Ferry 51), Hollands, De Vita (Roberts 46); Williams, Martin (Collins 60)

Goals: Collins 61, 66, 73, 83, Hollands 69

Booked: Williams, Thompson, Hollands

Subs not used: Bedwell, Navarro, Flint, Rooney

Pompey:: Eastwood, Michalik, Webster, Ertl, (c), DumbuyaWalker  (Connolly. 64)Williamson, Russell, Harley, Allan (Wallace 71), Harris ( Mendez-Laing, 86)

Sub not used Smith

Referee: Stephen Martin

Attendance: 11,381 (1,504 Pompey fans)

Match Previews and Reports here        Pompey Live here   

Match Result: Portsmouth 1 Yeovil Town 2 (HT 0-2)

Saturday December 29, 2012 3:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Pompey: Eastwood; Dumbuya, Michalik, Rocha (Ertl 65), Webster; Williamson, Russell, Howard (c) (Allan 46), Walker; Benson, McLeod (Harris 46)

Goals: Benson 54

Booked: Michalik, McLeod, Webster, Rocha

Subs not used: Smith, Wallace, Mendez-Laing

Yeovil: Stech; Ayling, Hinds, Webster, Burn; Williams, Blizzard, Upson, McAllister (c); Hayter, Madden (Ugwu 90+3)

Goals: Blizzard 14, Webster 38

Booked: Hayter, Williams

Subs not used: Stewart, Agbo, Brundle, Reid

Referee: Fred Graham

Attendance: 12,370

Match Result: Portsmouth 1 Crawley Town 2 (HT 1-1)

 Wednesday December 26, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Pompey: Eastwood; Dumbuya, Gyepes (Michalik 65), Rocha, Harley; Russell, Ertl (McLeod 73), Howard (c); Mendez-Laing (Williamson 80), Allan; Benson

Goals: Benson 10

Booked: Harley

Subs not used: Smith, Webster, Walker, Harris

Crawley: P.Jones; Hunt, Davis, Connolly, Sadler; Akpan, Simpson; M.Jones, Clarke (Bulman 83), Adams (Cooper 87); Alexander (c) (Akinde 90+2)

Goals: Sadler 28, Clarke 73

Booked: Akpan, Alexander, M.Jones

Subs not used: Kuipers, Walsh, Torres, Ajose

Referee: Roger East

Attendance: 13,169

Match Previews and Reports here   Pompey Live here

Match POSTPONED: Hartlepool United v Portsmouth

Saturday December 22, 2012 3:00 PM
Hartlepool United Football Club, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Match Postponed after pitch inspection due to heavy rain

Match previews and reports here    

Match Result: Portsmouth 0 Preston North End 0

Saturday December 15, 2012  3:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Pompey: Eastwood; Dumbuya, Gyepes, Rocha, Harley; Russell (Williamson 68), Ertl, Howard (c); Allan, McLeod; Jervis (Mendez-Laing 61)

Booked: McLeod, Rocha

Subs not used: Smith, Webster, Michalik, Walker, Harris

Preston: Stuckmann; King, Wright, Robertson, Cansdell-Sherriff; Monakana (Holmes 74), Byrom (c), Procter (Mousinho 53), Buchanan; Elding (Beavon 53), Beardsley

Booked: Wright, Procter, Robertson, Mousinho

Subs not used: Simonsen, Amoo, Wroe, Cummins

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 12,376

Pompey Live text  here

Match Previews and Reports here      

Court Case adjourned until January 15, 2013


Published on Friday 14 December 2012 14:43

 PHOTO: Pompey fans with banner outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London today

The High Court case crucial to Pompey’s future was this afternoon adjourned until next month.

Mr Justice Sales, sitting in the High Court, put the hearing back until January 15 2013 after an application by administrators PKF, who said there were issues still be resolved..

It means the case could come to court at any time over the next 28 days.

But if no resolution is found between PKF and Portpin, the case will be heard on January 15 next year.The judge’s decision was well received by the Pompey Supporters Trust. Trust officials said the worst case scenario would a new administrator appointed by former owner Balram Chainrai’s company Portpin, which the judge was asked to agree to today. That, they said, would be back to square one.

The judge very disparaging in court towards Portpin’s wish to install its own administrator and keep funding club until end of season.

Outside of the court, Trust spokesman Colin Farmery said; ‘It buys us a bit of time. Long road to get this far, extra day or month to get right result it’s well spent’

Match Result: Tranmere Rovers 2 Portsmouth 2 (HT 1-0)


Saturday December 8, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tranmere Rovers Football Club, Tranmere, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Pompey: Eastwood; Dumbuya, Gyepes, Rocha, Harley; Russell (Williamson 84),Ertl, Howard (c); McLeod (Allan 86), Benson, Mendez-Laing (Jervis 66)

Goals: Gyepes 50, Jervis 75

Booked: McLeod, Russell, Williamson

Subs not used: Smith, Webster, Michalik, Compton

Referee: David Webb

Match Result: Coventry City 1 Portsmouth 1 (Half Time 1-0)


Saturday November 24, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ricoh Arena, Coventry City FC, Coventry, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture    Attendance: 11,295  (817 Pompey fans)

Pompey: Cisak, Dumbuya, Harley, Howard, McLeod, Benson, Ertl, Russell, Michailk, Allan, Rocha. Subs: Eastwood, Walker, Gyepes, Jervis, Harris, Webster, Mendez-Laing.

Pompey Scorer: McLeod (90+3 mins)

Match Previews and Reports here      Pompey Live here

Match Result: Portsmouth 2 Leyton Orient 3 (HT 0-1)


Tuesday November 20, 2012 7:45 PM

Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Pompey: Andersen; Dumbuya, Michalik, Gyepes (Rocha 35), Harley; Allan, Russell (Ertl 53), Howard (c), Mendez-Laing; Benson, McLeod

Goals: McLeod 57 (pen), Allan 65

Subs not used: Eastwood, Webster, Walker, Compton, Harris

Leyton Orient: Allsop; Odubajo, Clarke (c) (Baudry 73), Chorley, Sawyer; Cox (Smith 78), Rowlands, James, Cook (Griffith 86); Lisbie, Mooney

Goals: Lisbie 32, 61 (pen), Odubajo 53

Booked: Clarke, Cook, Baudry

Subs not used: Jones, McSweeney, Brunt, Symes

Referee: Graham Scott

Attendance: 9,955

Match Previews and Reports here 

Match Result: Portsmouth 0 Doncaster Rovers 1 (HT 0-1)

Saturday November 17, 2012 3:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Attendance: 11,792

POMPEY: Andersen, Dumbuya, Gyepes, Michalik, Dickinson, Williamson, Russell, Howard, Mendez-Laing, Benson, McLeod. Subs: Eastwood, Harley, Walker, Compton, Ertl, Harris, Webster.

 Match previews and reports here    Pompey Live here

Trust Release Prospectus Early

Friday, 16 November 2012 18:26 Scott Mclachlan

It was decided by the PST that the Share Prospectus would be shared online immediately after its final approval in order to allow those that are ready to buy a share to fill out the form immediately.
The official launch is still scheduled for Monday 19th November and everyone who pledged will be sent one in the coming week.

Download the Prospectus Here:

Back the Bid!

The PST Board

PKF Sign Conditional agreement with PST

November 15, 2012

WINNERS: The Pompey Supporters Trust


Trevor Birch, PKF partner and joint administrator of Portsmouth Football Club, has released the following statement:

“We can confirm that we have signed a sale agreement with the Pompey Supporters’ Trust (PST) to acquire the business of Portsmouth Football Club.


“Portpin has rejected the Trust’s offer for Fratton Park, so the sale has to be conditional on receiving the Court’s permission to sell the ground. We are therefore in the process of submitting an application to the Court.

“I’m sure every member of staff, every player and every supporter will join me in wishing to see a speedy resolution to what has been a protracted administration.

“Everyone involved in the transaction has worked incredibly hard to get the deal to this stage and, although there is still much that needs to be done, today’s announcement marks what is hopefully the beginning of the end of the process."

PST Delighted with PKF announcement

Following this morning’s announcement from PKF, the Pompey Supporters’ Trust has revealed their delight at the sale agreement to acquire Portsmouth Football Club.The deal is subject to receiving the court’s permission to sell Fratton Park to PST, after Portpin declined an offer.

Ashley Brown, Chairman of the PST, said: “We are thrilled and proud to have signed a sale agreement with the administrator to buy and run Portsmouth Football Club. We hope to finalise the sale by Christmas, and go into 2013 with a fresh start for our great club. This is a special day for the thousands of Pompey fans who have stood by their club and stood up to be counted.

“We thank everyone for their support so far, and look forward to many more Pompey fans joining us, and being part of history, as we create the biggest community owned club in this country.”

Iain McInnes, Proposed Chairman of Portsmouth FC, added: “This truly is fantastic news and the start of a new chapter for Portsmouth Football Club. The hard work will continue during the court application process to ensure that we are in the best position possible to drive the club forward and build for the future ahead of the important January transfer window.”

The Trust is currently finalising a fans’ share prospectus, which will be distributed from Monday November 19. It will be also available at from the same day.

Fratton Park and land surrounding stadium to be bought by Property Developer

November 15, 2012

THE man behind the purchase of Fratton Park will be buying land surrounding Pompey’s stadium at the same time.

The land belongs to former Pompey owner Sacha Gaydamak, who has kept hold of it since he sold the club to Sulaiman Al Fahim in 2008.

But the Pompey Supporters’ Trust revealed at a press conference this afternoon that developer Stuart Robinson will be buying that land as well as Fratton Park itself.

If successful, it will be the first time since 2008 that the people who control the football club also control its car park and office space.

‘Those negotiations are happening now,’ said Ian McInnes, who will become club chairman should the PST bid to own Pompey be successful.

He also said the fight in court to buy Fratton Park from Portpin, which is the stadium’s mortgage holder, would be ‘tough’.

But he added: ‘I’m confident we’ll prevail.’

PST chairman Ashley Brown urged fans to fulfil their pledges to become shareholders and be ‘part of football history’.

To find out how to become a shareholder, see

Pompey sign 2 players on loan

Thursday November 15, 2012

Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

PHOTO: Paul Benson, striker on loan from Swindon

Pompey have sealed loan deals for Paul Benson and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Striker Benson has joined from Swindon, while winger Mendez-Laing arrives from Peterborough, both on initial one-month deals, although they are expected to stay at Fratton Park until January.

The duo are set to go straight into the Blues’ starting line-up for Saturday’s visit of Doncaster.

Caretaker Blues manager Guy Whittingham has brought in a much-needed attacking options in place of Luke Rodgers, who joined Shrewsbury last week until January, with a view to a permanent move.

Benson was a key part of the Robins side who won promotion from League Two last season but has seen his first-team chances limited this term.

The Londoner started his professional career at Dagenham & Redbridge, where he scored 74 goals in 178 matches, before moving to Charlton in 2010.

Whittingham said: ‘Since we lost Wes Thomas, we haven’t had the right sort of partner for Izale McLeod and we’re hoping Paul Benson can come in and do that.

‘He has scored goals and has the know-how of playing in this league. I’m looking forward to seeing him bring that to the side.

‘I first saw Paul play at Dagenham & Redbridge a few years ago and really liked him then.

‘I have kept an eye on where he’s been since then. He was part of Swindon’s promotion campaign and he’s got a great work ethic as well.

‘That’s the type of player you need up front in this league.’

Peterborough midfielder Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has joined Pompey in a one-month loan deal, subject to FA and Football League clearance.

The 20-year-old – who will wear the number 26 shirt during his time at Fratton Park – has made four appearances for Posh this season.

Pompey’s caretaker boss Guy Whittingham said: “He’s very quick and can play on the left or right. He’s somebody with lots of energy who will hopefully excite the crowd when he gets on the ball."

Mendez-Laing joined Peterborough from Wolves over the summer and also enjoyed a successful loan spell at London Road during the 2010/11 campaign, scoring five times in 40 appearances.

He also played 11 times while on loan at Sheffield United last season and has represented England at under-16 and under-17 level.

Mendez-Laing has mostly been used as a winger, but he is also comfortable playing up front.

Match Result: Bury 2 Portsmouth 0 (HT 1-0)

Saturday November 10, 2012 3:00 PM
Gigg Lane, Bury Football Club, Lancashire, England  (map)

Pompey Chimes Summary

Another poor Pompey performance against a team in the bottom 3, where Pompey rarely looked like scoring.  Indeed, Pompey have not scored in any of the last 4 matches.

The Pompey Squad was reduced to 17 available players before the game due to an injury to Buzsaky.. A Further injury to Gyepes just before half-time, who up to that point had been Pompey's man of the match, leaves the squad with 16 fit players.

Today, 5 bookings for Pompey.

Pompey: Andersen; Williamson, Michalik, Gyepes (Ertl 46), Dickinson; Dumbuya, Russell (Walker 66), Howard (c), Harley (Compton 57); Harris, McLeod

Booked: Williamson, Russell, Dickinson, Ertl, Howard

Subs not used: Eastwood, Webster

Referee: Craig Pawson

Attendance: 3,280 (806 Pompey fans)

Full Match reports here    Pompey Live here

Andy Awford appointed assistant caretaker manager to Guy Whittingham

PHOTO: Guy Whittingham (Caretaker Manager) (pictured right) and Andy Awford (Assistant Caretaker Manager) Portsmouth FC  shown taking training November 8, 2012

November 9, 2012

Guy Whittingham Caretaker Manager) + Andy Awford (assistant Caretaker Manager)                   November 8, 2012 to present

The Pompey Chimes | Guy Whittingham | Caretaker Manager of Portsmouth Football Club |  November 8, 2011 - Present

The Pompey Chimes | Andy Awford | Assistant Caretaker Manager of Portsmouth Football Club |  November 8, 2011 - Present

Guy Whittingham has been given the Caretaker Manager job with Pompey together with Andy Awford as his assistant following the departure of first team manager Michael Appleton, who has bagged a job with Championship side Blackpool.

The pair of them sit alongside each other in Pompey’s Hall of Fame.  Now Guy Whittingham and Andy Awford are serving together as the Blues’ managerial team. The duo will take charge of Pompey at Bury on Saturday.  Awford was asked to step up from his job as Academy manager to assist stand-in boss Whittingham in first-team duties.

The duo established themselves as Fratton favourites whilst playing in the same teams together. And for Whittingham, there is no-one better to serve as his right-hand man. He said: ‘Myself and Trevor Birch sat around a table and, considering the state of affairs at the moment, it had to be done in-house. ‘It was just felt we needed somebody alongside me with the football knowledge that Awfs has got. ‘Ultimately, it will be my call, but you are always open to persuasion and people see different things when you are looking at solutions. ‘I am looking forward to it. Me and Awfs are similar on our philosophy of football, anyway, having played under Jim Smith.

‘We have talked lots of times since we’ve been back at the club together. ‘We’re good friends so that helps. ‘Part of being good friends is making sure you tell each other what you think – and we’re open enough and honest enough to do that.’

Whittingham, who is nicknamed Corporal Punishment, due to his position in the army during his days with Yeovil, has been Pompey's Development Coach since January 2009, having previously held management roles with Newport (IoW), AFC Newbury and Eastleigh. He has been Caretaker Manager before, holding the position jointly with Stuart Gray in October 2011 (see here). The 47 year old had three playing spells at Fratton Park, including the 1989 transfer that saw him leave Huish and move into the professional game.

Although Pompey have initially given Whittingham the job for one game at present, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him keep it until they come out of administration. Pompey are still signing players on a month-to-month basis because of their financial position, and logically the same would have to apply to their management team.

Guy Whittingham takes over as Caretaker Manager

November 8, 2012

Guy Whittingham has been given the Caretaker Manager job with League One side Portsmouth.

Guy has been put in charge for the Saturday trip to Bury following the departure of first team manager Michael Appleton, who has bagged a job with Championship side Blackpool.  Portsmouth have also lost assistant manager Ashley Westwood who has followed Appleton up the M6.

Appleton departs for Blackpool

 November 7, 2012

Blackpool Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Appleton as the club's new manager.
The 36-year-old, who has spent the past 12 months managing on the south coast with Portsmouth FC, has agreed a one-year rolling contract at Bloomfield Road.

Appleton, who started his professional career as a midfielder at Manchester United, retired from the game at the age of 27 due to injury. He has since embarked on a career in coaching and previously worked with Roy Hodgson and Roberto Di Matteo at West Bromwich Albion.

Joining Appleton in the move from Fratton Park will be Ashley Westwood, who has been named as First Team Coach. Steve Thompson will continue in his role as Assistant Manager.

Match Result: Portsmouth 0 Brentford 1 (HT 0-1)

Tuesday November 6, 2012 7:45 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture

Attendance: 11,328 

POMPEY: Eastwood, Webster, Michalik, Gyepes, Dickinson, Dumbuya, Williamson, Howard, Harley, Buzsaky, McLeod. Subs: Andersen, Walker, Rodgers, Compton, Ertl, Russell, Harris.

Match previews and reports    Pompey Live here

Match Result: Portsmouth 0 Notts County 2 (HT 0-1) - FA Cup Round One

FA Cup first round

Venue: Fratton Park

Date: Saturday, 3 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Match previews and reports    Pompey Live here

Attendance:  7,560

Pompey Team: Pompey: Eastwood, Dumbuya, Michalik, Gyepes, Webster, Ertl, Buzsaky, Howard, Allan, McLeod, Rodgers
Subs: Harley, Walker, Russell, Compton, Josh Thompson

Sent off:: Scott Allan for 2 yellow cards

Verdict: a Dire Pompey performance...

Match Result: Sheffield United 1 Portsmouth 0 (HT 0-0)

League 1 Fixture.  Monday October 29, 2012 7:45 PM
Sheffield United Football Club, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England  (map)

Match Live on Sky

Attendance:18,946 (580 Pompey Fans) 

Pompey: Andersen, Dickinson, Michalik, Gyepes, Dumbuya, Harley, Williamson, Ertl, Allan, Buzsaky, McLeod.
Subs: Eastwood, Compton, Walker, Webster,  Thompson, Harris, Rodgers. 

Pompey lose to a second half penalty for a foul conceded by MIchalik after a good performance

Pompey man of Match: Scott Allan

Match  Previews and Reports here

Adam Webster makes winning debut for England U18s

 Wednesday October 24, 2012

Adam Webster enjoyed a dream debut as his England career got off to a winning start.  The West Wittering youngster was named in Noel Blake’s under-18 line-up against Italy this evening. And he capped the occasion by helping his team to a 2-0 success.  For more click here

Portsmouth vs Notts County FA Cup Fixture - date confirmed

Pompey's FA Cup fixture against Notts County has been confirmed for 3pm at Fratton Park on Saturday 3 November 2012. 

Ticket prices have been set at the following rates:

Adult - £15 Over 60 - £10 Young Person (17-22) - £10 Under 17 - £1

Match Result: Stevenage Town 2 Portsmouth 1 (HT 1-0)

League 1 Fixture

Tuesday October 23, 2012 7:45 PM
Stevenage Town Football Club, Stevenage, England  (map)


Pompey: Andersen, Dickinson, Michalik, Gyepes, Harley, Williamson, Ertl, Howard, Buzsaky, Thomas, McLeod.
Subs: Eastwood, Compton, Walker, Thompson, Harris, Rodgers, Dumbuya

Stevenage: Arnold, Gray, Charles, Tansey, Dunne, Haber, Morais, Akins, Roberts, Freeman, N'Gala.
Subs: Day, Grant, Rogers, Iro, Lopez, Risser, Shroot.

Scorer for Pompey:  Harley

Match Reports here             Pompey Live text here

Carl Dickinson returns to Pompey on loan

He will replace Jordan Obita in Michael Appleton’s 20-man squad following the young winger’s return to Reading at the end of his latest loan period.    For more details click here

Match Result: Portsmouth 3 Shrewsbury Town 1 (HT 0-0)

Saturday October 20, 2012 3:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture


Pompey: Andersen, Dumbuya, Michalik, Gyepes, Harley, Williamson, Howard, Ertl, Buzsaky, McLeod, Thomas. Subs: Eastwood, Webster, Harris, Compton, Rodgers, Walker, Thompson. 

Shrewsbury:  Shrewsbury: Weale, Grandison, Summerfield, Richards, Morgan, Taylor, Hall, Colins, Parry, Wildig, Hector. Subs: Ward, Jacobson, Jones, Purdie, Wright, Winnall, Gornell.

Referee: Mr F Graham from Essex.

Attendance 13,051

Scorers (Pompey) Thomas (55 mins) McLeod (58, 90+4  mins) ... Shrewsbury Morgan 61 mins

Match Report and Previews here    Pompey Live text here 

Jordan Obita returns to Reading

October 20, 2012

Jordan Obita's loan spell has ended. Full story here

Pompey Supporters' Trust named as preferred bidders

TOGETHER The Pompey Supporters Trust board: associate director Eric Coleborn, former player Ray Crawford, Penny Morduant MP, Ashley Brown, Mick Williams, Iain McInnis, and trust advisor Antony Fanshawe. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122568-2)

THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust has been named preferred bidders to take over at Fratton Park.

Trust spokesman Colin Farmery confirmed this afternoon that the trust has been named as preferred bidders – ahead of Balram Chainrai’s Portpin.

Mr Farmery told The News: ‘It’s good news for all involved. We are all thrilled about it.

‘It has been a lot of hard work and we are now in a great position to hopefully seal the deal.

‘There’s a lot of hard work ahead but this is a moment to savour.

‘It has been in the offing since this morning as we were getting a steer that was the way it was going.

‘It has been PKF driving this and we have respected them throughout.’

‘Ultimately there has been a lot of hard work to make this happen. Our core message is we want fans to turn up and support the team on Saturday.

‘As far as we are concerned this is the chance to create the biggest community club in Britiain and we want to show just how big it can be by getting the fans through the gates on Saturday against Shrewsbury Town.

‘We are now finalising the share prospectus and contacting those who have pledged, and those who have expressed an interest in buying a share.’

Pompey administrator Trevor Birch said: ‘After extensive discussions over the past few weeks, we have today nominated Portsmouth Supporters Trust as the preferred bidder for Portsmouth Football Club.

‘We will be working with the Trust, the Football League and the Professional Footballers Association to conclude the sale of the Club as soon as possible.’

Match Result: Portsmouth 2 Crewe Alexandra 0 (HT 2-0)

Saturday October 13, 2012 3:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture  Attendance 11829

Scorer(s) Thomas 1 min, McLeod 17 mins (pen)

Match Previews and Reports here                    Pompey Live text here

Football League do not approve Portpin bid for Pompey

THE Football League has failed to approve Balram Chainrai’s bid to take over at Pompey. According to reports, at its meeting on Thursday, the league’s board expressed serious doubts about Portpin, the company behind the bid. This could leave the way open for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust to step into pole position.Report here

However, later reports indicate that Balram Chainrai is still confident of taking over Report here

Match Result: Portsmouth 1 Wycombe Wanderers 3 (JPT Round 2) (HT 1-2)

Tuesday October 9, 2012 7:45 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

Scorer: McLeod 45 mins   Attendance: 7,292 

Match Previews and Reports here                    Pompey Live here

The last Sports Mail to roll off the presses Saturday October 6, 2012

 Picture: Pompey Glorious and Victorious was the headline in the Football Mail in May 1924 after the club clinched the third division title to gain their first-ever promotion in the Football League.

For more about the Sports Mail click here

Match Result: MK Dons 2 Portsmouth 2 (HT 1-2)

Saturday October 6, 2012 3:00 PM
MK Dons Football Club, Milton Keynes, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture Attendance 10.409    2,552 Pompey Fans

Scorers (Pompey):  McLeod (4 mins)  Gyepes (20mins)

Match Previews and Reports here                         Pompey Live here

Match Result: Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 2 (HT 1-1)

Tuesday October 2, 2012 7:45 PM
Yeovil Town Football Club, Somerset, England  (map)

Gabor Gyepes winner sees Pompey triumph

League 1 Fixture  Attendance: 4,769

Scorers:  Izale MCLEOD (13 mins)   Gabor GYEPES   (79 mins)

Match Previews and Reports here      Pompey Live here

Pompey sign Akos Buzsaky


Monday October 1, 2012

Pompey have completed the signing of former QPR midfielder Akos Buzsaky, subject to FA and Football League approval

The Hungarian midfielder has signed on a one-month deal, similar to the remaining senior players currently at the club.

The 30-year-old left QPR in the summer and has recently been training with Videoton in his homeland and Wycombe Wanderers, but after impressing on a recent trial Michael Appleton has managed to get him to sign on the dotted line. 

Buzsaky was brought to England by fellow seasiders Plymouth Argyle back in January 2005 from Portuguese side FC Porto.

The midfielder will have to wait for clearance from the FA and Football League to see if he can feature tomorrow against Yeovil Town.



Akos Buzsaky in action for Queens Park Rangers against Swansea City


Match Result: Portsmouth 2 Scunthorpe United 1 (HT 1-1)

Saturday September 29, 2012 3:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

New loan signing Wes Thomas scores the winner for Pompey

Scorers: Gyepes (12 mins) , Thomas (89 mins)

Attendance: 10,995  

Match Previews and Reports here    Pompey Live text here

Pompey sign striker

Friday 28 September 2012

Pompey have signed Wes Thomas, a striker, on a months loan from Bournemouth. He is a likely starter for the match against Scunthorpe United at Fratton Park tomorrow.

Pompey Fans hit out at Balram Chainrai


Wednesday 26 September 2012

POMPEY fans have hit out at Balram Chainrai for suggesting their bid to take over the club was in difficulty – and say it is alive and kicking. 

Ashley Brown says the trust is still ‘ready, willing and able’ to proceed with the purchase. He said: ‘We want to update our members and supporters on our position. ‘Our bid is sensible, financially sustainable and viable.

‘We firmly believe our bid is the best for the future of the football club, and offers a fair return to all creditors including the small creditors who have still not been paid from the previous period of administration.

‘Portpin’s comments in the media about our bid not being financially viable are simply untrue. ‘Our bid is fully funded and the business plan is robust, both of which have been accepted by the league and PKF.’.

‘We have a very good bid on the table, and it will stay there until we receive formal notification that another bidder has been selected and approved by the football governing bodies.’

‘We believe Portpin is the wrong choice for PFC.

Full article here

Pompey fans launch petition against Portpin return

Sent: 25 September 2012 14:43
To: '[email protected]'
Subject: FAO Nick Craig Re: PFC Ownership issue

The original letter to the football league here    You can Sign the Petition here 

Chainrai derides Fans bid to buy Pompey

Balram Chainrai says he is willing to spend whatever it takes to get Pompey back up the league ladder.

"The club has no value in League One. Everybody knows that," he said.

"So I'm going to put money in to return them to their glories and then sell the club.

But who knows? I might enjoy it so much I won't sell it. 

"I'm not reluctant anymore. I've changed my mind."

Full article here

Portco edge closer to buying Pompey


Monday September 24, 2012    Six bids are thought to be on the table to buy cash-strapped Pompey.

Bids from Balram Chainrai and Levi Kushnir’s Portpin as well as the Pompey Supporters’ Trust are thought to have the most merit. Former owner Sulaiman Al Fahim and ex-Watford owner Laurence Bassini are thought to be outside contenders and an unnamed consortium entered the fray last week.

However the Portco bid, which involves Mortgage guru and hardcore Pompey fan Terry Pritchard, is thought to be gathering ground.  

Portco is fronted by Scottish-born Harry Kerr, a Hibernian and Arsenal fan who owns an investment firm called Avalon.
Pritchard has been following the Blues since he was four and was involved in a takeover bid the last time Pompey was in administration.  He told Mortgage Introducer: 

"I have spent time with the group wanting to take over at Portsmouth and they have some big plans and the cash and skills to achieve great things again. Let's hope the administrator gives them the chance as I think they are the only real option."

"The supporters trust have good intentions but realistically they do not have the money behind them to do the deal at the moment. "However, the consortium would be prepared to work with them on a long term strategy for the good of the club."

Match Result: Notts County 3 Portsmouth 0 (HT 1-0)

Saturday September 22, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Notts County Football Club, Meadow Lane, Nottingham, England  (map

Attendance: 6,835    816 Pompey Fans

Match report here     Pompey live text hereThe Aftermath here

Portco bid for Pompey

September 19, 2012

Avalon director Harry Kerr is leading a group of UK-based investors that has submitted a formal bid for Portsmouth Football Club. According to the BBC, the group, called Portco Ltd, is claiming to have shown Portsmouth’s administrators PKF bank statements totalling £6.47m as proof of funds.

Scottish-born Harry Kerr, is a Hibernian and Arsenal fan who lives in London. Kerr says: “We have been involved with this Portsmouth deal for around four months now.  I am helping Portco to raise the funding required for the purchase.”  This bid takes the interested parties in Pompey to five with Portpin and the Pompey Trust in advanced stages of completing their bids. Sulaiman Al Fahim and Laurence Bassini are the others with interest but remain outsiders.

The bid has been downplayed but the event can be read here

Match Result: Portsmouth 1 Swindon Town 2 (HT 0-1) Scorer: Michalik (90 mins)

Tuesday September 18, 2012 7:45 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)
League 1 Fixture  Attendance 12,121 

Result: Portsmouth 1 Swindon Town 2 (HT 0-1)   Scorer: Michalik (90 mins)

Match Previews and Reports here    Pompey Live text here

Match Result: Portsmouth 1 Walsall 2 (HT 0-0) Scorer: McLeod (69 mins)

Saturday September 15, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 Fixture Attendance 11,767 

Result: Portsmouth 1 Walsall 2 (HT 0-0) Scorer: McLeod (69 mins)

Match Previews and Reports here     Pompey live here

Pompey sign defender

Friday September 14, 2012
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

POMPEY have completed the signing of Slovakian centre-back Lubomir Michalik.

The former Leeds United, Bolton and Carlisle man is expected to be on the bench for the clash with Walsall at Fratton Park.

He has penned a one-month deal with Michael Appleton’s Blues.


Sulaiman al-Fahim back in as potential owner

September 11, 2012

When asked if he was behind the deal or if it was someone he knew, al-Fahim replied: “The new bidder is one investor only not a consortium. A Pompey fan is buying the club.”

He has also assured long-suffering fans of the League One club that an announcement will be made on Thursday, 24 hours before administrators had said they would make a decision on the new owners.

Waiting for the administrator to approval [sic] the deal and transfer the escrow account to a bank in London,” al-Fahim wrote before adding: "Wait till Thursday and you will have full answer.”   Full report here

PHOTO: Fahim pictured with Pompey Fans at the Fratton End August 2009 prior to match against Manchester City

Pompey mourn Ron Tindall

 Monday September 10, 2012

Pompey legend Ron Tindall, who represented Pompey as both player and manager has passed away in his sleep in Perth, Australia at the age of 76.

The Pompey Chimes has many fond memories of big Ron and are saddened to hear of his death


'I signed for Pompey and it was all through Jimmy Dickinson.'

He was still playing for Pompey at the time and told me that he was sure the manager, George Smith, would want to take me to Fratton Park if I was interested.

So I decided not to go to South Africa and ended up at Pompey instead.

George Smith was happy to allow a clause in my contract to state that I would be free to play cricket when the two seasons overlapped.

I was made very welcome by my new team-mates and I settled in at Fratton Park very quickly. We had a good set of lads in all my 11 years with the club.

There were no loud mouths or anyone who said they weren’t going to do this or that.

We didn’t always win but everyone was prepared to just get on with the job.


For more on this and the profile of Ron TIndall please visit here 

Result: Crawley Town 0 Portsmouth 3 (HT 0-0)   Harris (74) Rodgers (83) McLeod (85)

Sunday September 9, 2012 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM 

Crawley Town Football Club, Broadfield Stadium, Crawley, West Sussex, England  (map)
League 1 Fixture  Attendance 5,050. Pompey Fans 1,634
Result: Crawley Town 0 Portsmouth 3 (HT 0-0) Scorers: Harris (74) Rodgers (83) McLeod (85)
                        Crawley reduced to 9 men after 71 mins, 
            Ashley Harris heads the opener against Crawley Town, just 5 minutes after coming on as substitute.

Middle East Consortium bids to buy Portsmouth Football Club

Sunday September 9, 2012 Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

A GROUP of Middle East investors have lodged a £12.5m bid to take over Pompey, it has been reported.

An offer letter was sent to Pompey administrator Trevor Birch last week, according to publication Arabian Business.

The documents reportedly show the consortium has deposited AED75.058m into an escrow account on August 30, the website says.

The Pompey Supporters’ Trust may also have a part to play, according to Arabian Business, with the offer letter stating it is welcome to the group buying shares in the club, if interested.

Arabian Business says those behind the consortium wish to remain anonymous in the negotiation process.

Portpin and the trust were originally the only two offers on the table, with Mr Birch giving them a deadline of the end of the week to finalise their deals.

For latest information click here

Hungarian International signs for Pompey

Friday September 7, 2012
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

Gabor Gyepes has joined Pompey until the end of the year.           Michael Appleton has now decided to bring the Hungarian on board, however, he will need international clearance to feature at Crawley on Sunday.

Gyepes, who has 26 international caps, spent four years at Cardiff City after spells with Northampton Town and Wolves.

Having started his career at Ferencvaros, he has been with Hungarian outfit Vasas for the past few months.

Appleton is keen to add experience to the heart of his defence, to help young centre-backs Kevin Long and Josh Thompson.

Match Result:   Portsmouth 2  Bournemouth 2   (Rodgers 44 mins, Howard 66 mins)           Pompey win 4-3 on Penalties after shoot-out

Tuesday September 4, 2012 Kick Off 7:45 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

JPT Round 1 match previews and reports here    Pompey Live here

Attendance: 5,979  Scorers: Rodgers (44) Howard (66)  Howard, Walker, Harris, Rodgers (pens)

                           PHOTO: Josh Thompson made his debut for Pompey

Match Result: Portsmouth 0 Oldham Athletic 1 (HT 0-0)

Saturday September 1, 2012 Kick Off 3:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 fixture   Match reports here    Pompey Live here

Transfer Deadline Day - Administrator Birch gives another 2 weeks to Bidders

Friday August 31, 2012

 Birch gives Pompey bidders extra two weeks

TREVOR Birch has given the two rivals to take over Pompey two more weeks because he says neither of them are ready.   Report Here

Transfer Deadline Day Deals - Johnny Ertl and Darel Russell have confirmed their one month deals with Portsmouth as expected, and Josh Thompson has also signed for Pompey today. Report Here                                              

 PHOTO: Darel Russell

Pompey swoop for 3 players... Sam Magri to join QPR... Kieran Djilali departs

Thursday August 30, 2012 

Pompey have swooped for 3 players and hope to make them available for the home game against Oldham Athletic on Saturday.  More details here

Sam Magri looks set to join QPR.  More details here  Kieran Djilali departs Full Story here

Portpin go on the offensive

Thursday August 30, 2012   Full article here

BALRAM Chainrai’s company has said the Pompey Supporters’ Trust does not have the funds to buy the club.

But a spokesman for the trust dismissed Portpin’s comments, insisting that its bid was fully funded and it offered the best chance for sustainable ownership of the club in the long term.

Ownership bids: A Reminder to Mr Birch

For the Pompey Supporters Trust bid to be successful, the Pompey Chimes believes that Trevor Birch HAS to force a revaluation of the stake Chainrai has in the club i.e. Fratton Park.

"That security could be devalued by the courts if administrator Trevor Birch asks for a ruling on it's true worth."

It makes this site ask why Birch has never obtained a revaluation since highlighted by the BBC in February of this year.

"The administrator can force a sale against Mr Chainrai's wishes if he can prove to the court what the assets are worth,"

A reminder of the article by the BBC February 22, 2012 

'Balram Chainrai could lose his £17m stake in Portsmouth'.
A leading insolvency expert believes Balram Chainrai may never get back the £17m that he is owed by Portsmouth FC.
The Hong-Kong businessman's hold over the club has proved to be a major obstacle for potential new owners.
That security could be devalued by the courts if administrator Trevor Birch asks for a ruling on it's true worth.
"The administrator can force a sale against Mr Chainrai's wishes if he can prove to the court what the assets are worth,"               Carl Foulds told BBC South.
"It's all very well a secured creditor being owed £17m but how much are the assets that he has security on actually worth?"            Carl Foulds

Match Result: Carlisle United 4 Portsmouth 2 (HT 1-0)

Saturday August 25, 2012 Kick Off 3:00 PM
Carlisle United Football Club, Brunton Park, Warwick Road, Carlisle, England  (map)

League 1 fixture  Kick off 3pm (GMT)

Attendance:  5,120 (about 500 Pompey Fans)

Carlisle: Collin, Simek, Robson, McGovern, Livesey, Murphy, Noble, Cadamarteri, Berrett, Jervis, Chantler. Subs: Madden, Thirlwell, Edwards, Potts, Beck, Symington, Gillespie 

Pompey: Andersen, Webster, Connolly, Long, Harley, Dumbuya, Walker, Howard, Compton, Rodgers, McLeod. Subs: Obita, Clifford, Eastwood, Harris

Pompey Scorers: Harris (88) Clifford (90+2)  Long sent off (2 yellow cards), Clifford booked.

Match Reports here     Pompey Live here

The Pompey Supporters' Trust make new offer

24 August 2012:

The Pompey Supporters' Trust have made a revised offer for the Club, administrators PKF have announced.

The news comes a day after former owner Balram Chainrai re-entered the running to buy back the club eight days after his company Portpin announced their interest was at an end.

That decision appeared to pave the way for fans' group PST, backed by a loan from the local council, to complete their rescue of the club who remain in administration and in danger of liquidation.

Yet Hong Kong businessman Chainrai remains Portsmouth's biggest creditor and, having expressed doubts about the viability of the PST's bid, he submitted a fresh offer to administrator Trevor Birch.

However, Birch announced tonight PST have also made a fresh offer and said: "We have received a revised offer from the Trust and will study the documents in detail over the next few days.

"There will be aspects that need further clarification and we will work with the Trust to achieve that clarity before deciding how best to proceed with the Trust and Portpin offers"

Fans’ group SOS Pompey held a demonstration at Fratton Park yesterday, protesting over Mr Chainrai’s re-emergence as a potential owner.

Spokesman Carl Paddon said: ‘We just don’t want Portpin in the club.

‘They are trying to suck the lifeblood out of the club – and there isn’t much lifeblood left.’


Portpin offer for Portsmouth FC - Statement from joint administrators

23 August 2012:

Trevor Birch, PKF partner and joint administrator of Portsmouth Football Club (2010) Ltd, said: "Portpin has submitted a new offer and we are now reviewing it.

"We have been working with the Trust since Portpin's original offer was withdrawn and understand that the Trust is on track to submit a business plan and revised offer tomorrow.

"We will assess its bid once it has been submitted and will then determine which offer provides the best deal for creditors, as is our duty as court appointed administrators."

Chainrai returns as Trust Bid is rejected

 August 23, 2012

In a statement to Sky Sports News, Chainrai announced the return of his offshore vehicle, Portpin, to takeover talks. He declared he had moved to rescue the club from liquidation, alleging Portsmouth Supporters Trust’s near-£8 million rescue bid had been rejected.

 Trevor Birch, the club’s administrator, did not respond when The Daily Telegraph contacted him requesting confirmation of Chainrai’s claims.

"We understood from the administrator that the terms offered by PST were problematic in two areas,” said Chainrai. “Portpin [is] to take action to avoid imminent liquidation of Portsmouth. We hope to finalise the transaction in the next two weeks.

"Portpin is taking this step to save the club and looks to continue to work with interested parties, including the Supporters Trust. We hope everybody, including the huge fan base, will support this [rescue] process."

Chainrai’s claims were denied by souces close to the Trust who spoke to The Daily Telegraph last Wednesday night. “Our bid has been described as credible by Trevor Birch and we have been given no reason to believe there has been any change in that,” said a source close to the Trust.

It is a remarkable turnaround of events so soon after Chainrai announced his withdrawal from takeover talks last week. That statement hit out at almost all parties involved in the club and its administration process.

Having attacked the administrator, the Trust, Portsmouth fans in general and the former players who are the club’s football creditors, there was previously little sign that the Hong Kong-based Chainrai’s interest would be reignited.

Prior to Portpin quitting talks over a 2p-in-the-pound payoff deal for the club’s unsecured creditors, agreements amounting to £8 million were struck with football creditors: players including Kanu, Tal Ben Haim and Liam Lawrence. The Trust cannot afford to meet those commitments in full, and has attempted to enter negotiations with the players over a further reduction on their compensation for terminations of contract.

Chainrai has twice owned the Fratton Park club and was claiming against the club for £17.5 million in unsecured debts in the current administration. As one of the club’s secured creditors as well, he would also likely have received £2.75 million from to hand over the stadium property to any rescue bid.

With an estimated £4 million in working capital theoretically available to the administrator, the liquidation Chainrai mentions in his statement would have had to be called by a creditor with a major claim over the club. Who that is is currently unknown.

Jordan Obita on loan from Reading

August 22, 2012

Jordan Obita says he 'didn't have to think twice' about joining Portsmouth on loan after marking his debut by scoring a late equaliser against Colchester United. The teenage winger joined Portsmouth on a month's loan from Reading on Tuesday and started the League One encounter at Colchester on the bench.

He made an almost immediate impact after being introduced on 84 minutes by earning Pompey a 2-2 draw and he is looking forward to the chance to play first-team football.
"You can learn something from every squad that you play in and there are some fantastic players here," Obita told Portsmouth's official website.
"I found out about this loan a couple of weeks ago and I'm glad we could get it sorted. I didn't have to think twice - it's Portsmouth. This is a great club."
Obita had loan spells at Barnet and Gillingham last season, and Pompey boss Michael Appleton is happy to have brought in the 18-year-old.
Appleton said: "He can play in numerous positions and is a quick lad. He's really lively and will add a youthful edge to our side.
"He's very highly thought of at Reading and there have been a few clubs wanting to take him on loan."

Match Result:  Colchester United 2 Portsmouth 2 (HT 1-1)

Tuesday August 21, 2012 Kick off 7.45pm (GMT)
Colchester United Football Club, Essex, England  (map)

League 1 fixture  - Scorers (Pompey) Rodgers (30 mins) Obita (86 mins)

Attendance: 4,335 (1,114 Pompey fans)

Pompey: Andersen; Dumbuya, Connolly, Long, Harley; Walker, Williamson (Webster 34), Howard (c), Compton (Obita 84); Rodgers, McLeod. Subs not used: Eastwood, Djilali, Clifford, Harris. 

Obita rescues point for Pompey

A late strike from new loan recruit Jordan Obita earned Pompey a 2-2 draw at Colchester.

PHOTO: Luke Rodgers Congratulated by Pompey Team mates after opening the scoring

Luke Rodgers put Pompey ahead in the first half with a well-taken finish after Liam Walker’s perfect through ball.

But the hosts hit back on the stroke of half-time, after a fabulous long-range effort from Michael Rose gave Blues keeper Mikkel Andersen no chance.

Both sides had their chances in the second half.

Pompey perhaps just edged it in terms of goal opportunities, though, with Izale McLeod unable to take a couple of clear openings, while Walker struck the outside of a post with a low drive.

Michael Appleton’s side appeared to be heading for a gut-wrenching defeat when Magnus Okuonghae rammed home from close range as he latched on to a corner just seven minutes from time.

Pompey, however, had other ideas and responded superbly moments later.

A marvellous run by Mustapha Dumbuya saw him charge down the right flank to find Rodgers, only for his effort to hit the foot of the post.

But Obita, who had only just come on following his loan move from Reading, was in the right place at the right time to tap home the loose ball and send more than 1,000 travelling fans wild.

Match Result:  Portsmouth 1 Bournemouth 1 (HT 1-0)

Saturday August 18, 2012 Kick off 3pm (GMT)
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

League 1 fixture  - Scorer (Pompey) McLeod (18 mins)

Attendance: 17,703

 New Look Blues settle for a draw

PHOTO: Izale McLeod celebrates Pompey's first goal against Bournemouth

Pompey: Andersen, Harley, Long, Connolly, Dumbuya, Djilali, Howard, Williamson, Compton, Rodgers, McLeod. Subs: Eastwood, Clifford, Harris, Webster.

Bournemouth: Jalal, Barnard, Francis, Addison,Pugh, Elphick, Daniels, Thomas, O'Kane, Partington, Macdonald. Subs: Collins, Wakefield, Tubbs, Grabban, Arter, Cook, Zubar,

Scorers: McLeod 18 mins ; Barnard 77 mins

Attendance: 17,703

Match Report  (from the News)

Pompey had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their League One opener with Bournemouth today.

Lee Barnard’s 77th-minute header pegged back Izale McLeod’s first-half opener in front of 17,703 fans at Fratton Park.

It looked like Michael Appleton’s new-look side would get their season off to a flier in a dominant first-half.

But the Cherries got back into the game late on as the Blues flagged.

McLeod’s goal after 18 minutes came courtesy of a huge gaffe from visiting keeper Shwan Jalal, as he let his 25-yard shot squirm through his legs.

Pompey should have had a second as they dominated, and McLeod missed a gilt-edged chance when clean through five minutes after the restart.

The visitors were an increasing threat, however, and got their reward for pushing Pompey back with 13 minutes left.

It looked like Purbrook youngster Ashley Harris had won it late on when his 25-yarder cannoned back off the post.

A draw was probably just about the right outcome, but there were plenty of encouraging signs from Appleton’s men for the campaign ahead.




- 1,000 new pledges needed in next 2 weeks

Following a board meeting of the PST on 30th April, we can confirm that we aim to begin the final stages of bid preparation for a community buy-out bid for Portsmouth Football Club from the 15th May, and so it is imperative that supporters complete their pledges prior to that date.

Initial interest in the Pre-Share offer has been strong, but more pledges are needed in the coming 14 days in order to submit a formal bid.  If 1,000 more pledges from fans are received by the 15th May then that will confirm our bid as achievable.

The Pre-Share offer, launched on 30th March, was designed to see if sufficient funds could be raised from fans and local businesses to mount a sustainable and viable bid for Pompey.

12 Pompey players have already supported the PST plans with investment pledges, and the PST would like to thank the players and their families for their support.

PST has also had significant interest from donors wishing to invest sums significantly in advance of £1,000, and will soon announce the support of at least one major donor.

Pompey administrator Trevor Birch has made it clear that the club will run out of money in June. PST can only mount a credible community buy-out bid if it has enough funds to do so.

The next 14 days will determine whether the goodwill towards a community buyout can be translated into a bid for the club. If enough pledges are received to mount a bid, PST will present it to investors and members as soon as possible, and before any bid is agreed and submitted.

PST Chairman Ashley Brown commented;

' We have had great support from players and fans alike, but need more support if we are to mount a viable bid for the club. The next 14 days will be crucial. If enough money comes in to make a bid viable, we will present our plans to investors and members for their approval before we go forth and submit a bid.

Our precise targets are confidential - and we are sure fans will understand that as we go into a bidding process. We will share as much information as we can, and will not proceed without the approval of our investors and members.

It is now or never for the PST bid - and we urge fans who are considering joining us to contact us, talk to us, and pledge. Time is running out for Pompey, and we are doing everything we can to save our beloved football club '

For further info - or email [email protected]

All Media contact can be made to PST Spokesman Scott Mclachlan on 07506 45800 or this email address.

Trust urges share support

April 12, 2012 THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust has urged fans to back its share scheme after Trevor Birch’s liquidation warning. Spokesman Scott Mclachlan said: ‘The statement from Mr Birch reiterates the message that Pompey could be a matter of weeks from disappearing unless a buyer can be found.

‘The CVA is crucial as it is hoped it could deliver a debt-free Pompey to any prospective buyer and will make urgent restructuring to cut the club’s running costs easier. ‘It highlights that the trust’s pre-share issue is currently the only positive move anyone has made to save it.

‘We ask everyone to get involved in pledging to buy a share by visiting and depositing £100 to register your interest.’

April 13, 2012  Pompey's 12th man update here

Pompey Away Day Travel Guide to Doncaster Rovers April 14, 2012 here

Pompey Supporters Trust launch Share scheme

March 31, 2012

The Pompey Supporters Trust are calling for all Pompey fans to help save Portsmouth FC
The Pompey Supporters Trust today launched the next stage of a possible bid to purchase the Portsmouth Football Club, with a pre-share offer to fans. Please read more here

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League 1 Season 2012-2013

Portsmouth 1 Hartlepool United 3 (HT 0-1)

Walsall 2 Portsmouth 0 (HT 2-0)

Swindon Town 5 Portsmouth 0 (HT 0-0)

Portsmouth 1 Yeovil Town 2 (HT 0-2)

Portsmouth 1 Crawley Town 2 (HT 1-1)

Portsmouth 0 Preston North End 0 (HT 0-0)

Tranmere Rovers 2 Portsmouth 2 (HT 1-0)

Coventry City 1 Portsmouth 1 (HT 1-0)

Portsmouth 2 Leyton Orient 3 (HT 0-1)

Portsmouth 0 Doncaster Rovers 1 (HT 0-1)

Bury 2 Portsmouth 0 (HT 1-0)

Portsmouth 0 Brentford 1 (HT 0-1)

Portsmouth 0 Notts County 2  (FA Cup)

Sheffield United 1 Portsmouth 0 (HT 0-0)

Stevenage Town 2 Portsmouth 1 (HT 1-0)  Scorers: Harley (51 mins)

Portsmouth 3 Shrewsbury Town 1  (HT 0-0) Scorers: Thomas (55 mins)  McLeod (58 mins, 90 mins)

Portsmouth 2 Crewe Alexandra 0   (HT 2-0) Scorers: Thomas (2 mins) McLeod pen (18) mins)

Portsmouth 1 Wycombe Wanderers 3 (HT 1-2) (JPT Round 2)  Scorer: McLeod (45 mins)

MK Dons 2 Portsmouth 2 (HT 1-2) Scorers: McLeod (4 mins), Gyepes (20 mins)

Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 2 (HT 0-1) Scorers: McLeod (13 mins), Gyepes (79 mins)

Portsmouth 2 Scunthorpe United 1 (HT 1-1) Scorers: Gyepes (11 mins) , Thomas (88 mins)

Notts County 3 Portsmouth 0 (HT 1-0)

Portsmouth 1 Swindon Town 2 (HT 0-1) Pompey Scorer: Michalik (90 mins)

Portsmouth 1 Walsall 2 (HT 0-0) Pompey Scorer: Izale McLeod (69 mins)

Crawley Town 0 Portsmouth 3 (HT 0-0) Pompey Scorers: Harris (74) Rodgers (83) McLeod (85)

Portsmouth 2 Bournemouth 2 (HT 1-1) (JPT Round 1) Pompey scorers: Rodgers (44) Howard (66)  Pompey win 4-3 on penalties in shoot out. Howard, Walker, Harris, Rodgers (pens)

Portsmouth 0 Oldham Athletic 1 (HT 0-0)

Carlisle United 4 Portsmouth 2 (HT 1-0) Pompey scorers Harris (88), Clifford (90+2)

Colchester United 2 Portsmouth 2 (HT 1-1) Pompey scorers Rodgers (30) Obita (85)

Portsmouth 1 Bournemouth 1 (HT 1-0) Pompey scorer McLeod (18)


Transfer Talk

Svetoslav Todorov issues come and get me appeal  January 25, 2013

Alan Knight returning to Pompey as goalkeeper coach   January 25, 2013

French defender to sign for Pompey   January 24, 2013

Pompey sign Shaun Cooper from Crawley  January 24, 2013

Coach Chris Neville departs Pompey January 20, 2013

Adam Reed to sign on loan from Sunderland   January 18, 2013

Sam Sodje set to sign for Pompey  January 18, 2013

Luke Dowling and John Keeley have left Pompey  January 17, 2013

QPR Youngster Frankie Sutherland signs on loan  January 15, 2013

Lubomir Michalik to leave Pompey  January 12, 2013

Paul Benson set to depart Pompey January 11, 2013

Pompey to bring James Keene back   January 7, 2013

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing departs  January 7, 2013

Quartet told to leave Pompey  January 7, 2013  Jon Harley, Brian Howard, Lee Williamson and Mustapha Dumbuya given 7 days notice to leave

Scott Allan leaves Pompey   January 5, 2013

David Connolly signs as Izale McLeod departs   December 31, 2012

Compton and Thompson to sign for Colchester  December 25, 2012

Jake Jervis recalled by Birmingham City  December 24, 2012

Pompey set to sign triallist Phil Smith   December 6, 2012

Akos Buzsaky joins Barnsley on loan   November 21, 2012

Goalkeeper Alex Cisak signs on months loan  November 21, 2012

Striker Jake Jervis signs on months loan   November 21, 2012

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing signs on loan from Peterborough  November 15, 2012

Paul Benson signs on loan from Swindon   November 15, 2012

Mikkel Andersen set to return to Reading  Novermber 15, 2012

Ricardo Rocha in talks about Pompey return    November 14, 2012

Josh Thompson departs Pompey   November 9, 2012

Luke Rodgers departs Pompey       November 8, 2012

Scott Allan re-signs for Pompey on loan   October 29, 2012

Wes Thomas loan spell ends            October 26, 2012

Carl Dickinson returns to Pompey   October 22, 2012

Jordan Obita returns to Reading      October 20, 2012

Akos Buzsaky signs for Pompey      October 1, 2012

Wes Thomas signs for Pompey  September 28, 2012

Lubomir Michalik signs for Pompey September 14, 2012

Gabor Gyepes signs for Pompey September 7, 2012

Hermann Hreidarsson shock Pompey return September 6, 2012

Paul Connolly loan spell cancelled September 6, 2012

Johnny Ertl, Darel Russell, Josh Thompson sign for Pompey  August 31, 2012

Sam Magri joins QPR  August 30,  2012

Kieran Djilali departs August 30, 2012

Pompey's summer departures

    Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest)

    Erik Huseklepp (Brann)

    Dave Kitson (Free agent)

    David Norris (Leeds United)

    Kanu (Free agent)

    Luke Varney (Leeds United)

    Aaron Mokoena (Bidvest Wits)

    Hayden Mullins (Birmingham)

    Tal Ben Haim (Free agent)

    Liam Lawrence (Free agent - PAOK Greece)

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